The Chinese, once heralded for their healthy simplistic diet have suddenly begun to lose footing and are now facing the high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity that plague so many American cities- at least that’s what T. Collin Campbell is saying. Campbell, author of The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And The Startling Implications For Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health, says the book he wrote for Americans in 2006 is now making another trip back East where it began. He’s even enlisting Chinese celebrities to help him launch a 21 Day Chinese Challenge.
In The China Study, Campbell reveals findings from comprehensive health and nutrition surveys conducted in the ‘80s and ‘90s by a research group including his son. After looking at responses from over 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan they correlated a direct link between diet and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. People living in rural China were often healthier than their city-dwelling counterparts because although they had less money for food, they ate off the land reducing their intake of carcinogens, preservatives and fructose.